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Taichi Saotome

Taichi Saotome

13 Movies · 3 TV Series

Biography

Taichi Nishimura (西村太一, Nishimura Taichi, born 24 September 1991), known professionally as Taichi Saotome (早乙女太一, Saotome Taichi), is a Japanese actor and former singer best known for playing young men and onnagata roles of women. He is known as "Nagashime Ōji" (流し目王子, "the Sidelong Glance Prince").

Early Life

His father is the head of the theatre troupe Gekidan Sujaku, and Saotome grew up within the troupe, performing primarily in taishū engeki. Identified as having a natural talent as an onnagata (female impersonator), he has been trained in that field, and performs in female roles onstage. He has acted in two films by director Takeshi Kitano. In 2003, in Zatoichi, he portrayed the child Seitaro who, when older, disguised himself as a geisha (played by Daigoro Tachibana). Though in a different troupe from Tachibana, the two have frequently practiced and performed together. Saotome was also in Kitano's 2005 film, Takeshis', in which he was credited as himself, playing a young female impersonator and dancer. Saotome also plays young male roles, particularly those with a bishōnen aesthetic, i.e. graceful, beautiful young men. In 2005, he played the role of Mori Ranmaru in a National Museum event called "Sengoku Fantasy", and on New Year's 2007, he played a young Horibe Yasubee in the NHK New Year's jidaigeki play.

Movies & TV Series

2020.

1 Movie · 1 TV Series

2019.

2 Movies

2018.

1 Movie · 1 TV Series

2017.

2 Movies

2016.

3 Movies

2014.

1 Movie · 1 TV Series

2013.

1 Movie

2008.

1 Movie

2005.

1 Movie
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